Summer Driving Rules

Summer plans have arrived and everyone will be excited to experience the hot weather. Whether you’re depending on your car for driving to the airport, taking a road trip, or taking a short day trip, driving in hot conditions will certainly be challenging for both drivers and passengers. Anyone who lives in the UK knows that anything weather-related that doesn’t have to do with wind or rain is rare. However, heat waves are very common during the summer months in the UK, which will make driving a more stressful situation. Therefore, we have gathered the most significant summer driving rules to safely enjoy your next adventure.

Plan Ahead your Trip Route

Popular seaside destinations around the UK are usually one of the busiest routes, not to mention other highly visited cities, such as London. While getting stuck in traffic in hot weather can be a nerve-wracking situation for anyone now that lockdown restrictions have been lifted and increased traffic is possible, it may be a good idea to check the route before starting your trip. This will, as a result prevent any unexpected stress resulting from staying in the hot weather for a long time.

Check your Tyres Condition

Tyre blowouts are more susceptible when it comes to extremely hot weather. Researches by AA ensure tyres should be one of the most important concerns for a safe summer driving. Don’t forget to make sure the tread depths of the 4 tyres are ready for you to go! We recommend you ensure it is on a 3mm for safety.  While most of us will not have the space for a spare tyre in the trunk, don’t forget to top the 4 tyres with air and check their pressure, which you can do at most petrol stations.

Check your Car Batteries

Car batteries in winter should always be on top of your mind, yes. But, don’t forget how high temperatures can be your car battery’s worst enemy. From causing water to evaporate out of the battery to increased corrosion, heat can damage your battery in different ways. There is nothing worse than a summer breakdown. A battery drain can be the main cause for a summer breakdown, which could be the worst experience after many preparations of the trip. Therefore, we recommend checking your battery’s condition as an important summer driving rule.

Don’t Overload your Car

When it comes to summer trips, it is very common for almost everyone to over pack. How often do you pack your luggage and end up using only half of the clothes you get? Smart packing is an important rule in summer driving since overloading your car can be very risky in terms of:

  • Cars handling ability
  • Weaker stopping distance
  • Difficulty to see your back window
  • Higher fuel costs
  • Tyre overheating

Therefore, remember to be as light as possible when hitting the road during the summer months. You certainly want to have the perfect clothes for the trip, but remember safety comes first. It may be even worth hiring a larger car if it is a long trip and you will be over packing your luggage.  In fact, you can even get fined for overloading your car than the manufacturer’s recommendation limit.

Avoid Sun Glare

Wearing sunglasses and using your car’s sun visor will assist you to avoid being blinded by the sun while driving. It is even worth slowing down or pulling over if your eyes are highly sensitive and sunglasses aren’t helping. Driving in high sun glare is just as dangerous as driving in stormy weather.

Additionally, in dry weather, windscreens become quite dusty, and marks can intensify sun glare. Windscreen washer fluid in ample supply will aid in maintaining a clear view in the sun, particularly when travelling when the sun is low in the sky, as is the case throughout your commute.

Never Drink and Drive

Summer this year will be back with the annual large festivals, BBQ gatherings, and outdoor pub meetings. Well, driving rules are not just for road trips or long day trips. It can be for a short day trip from a nearby pub, in which if you are planning to drink, ensure that you will have another transport method for going back home. You don’t want to not only break your summer plans but also avoid a fatal accident that can cause damage to you in the long run.

For more information on the risks of drinking and driving see our blog here!

Look Out for Other Road Users

Summer usually makes roads busier and cities more hectic. It is mainly because longer days attract more cars, cyclists, and walkers everywhere. You could even see more motorcycles on the road than usual. Therefore, it is very important to always be attentive to everyone around you and look for your blind spots.

You could probably see more agricultural vehicles (tractors) on high-speed roads, which is because crops ripen during summer. It is important that you notice them carefully, especially if you will be overtaking one of them while driving.

Don’t Leave your Pet in a Hot Car

PFMA  Research estimates there are 17 million (59%) of the UK households have pets in 2021. Now, you may think it could be okay to leave your pet in the car because you are not going away for so long. But, according to the RSPCA, in 22° Celsius weather, the inside of a car can reach 47° Celsius in an hour.

Most importantly, because dogs do not sweat as much as humans, this will not only be uncomfortable for your pet, but also be fatal. Take your dog with you or leave it at home if you’re going on a short trip.

Summer Driving Rules

Pay Attention to your Summer Allergies

Around 13 million people in the UK are affected by one of the most common summer allergies, known as Hay Fever. Symptoms of hay fever can be sneezing and coughing, to say the least, which can irritate you while driving. So it is best to keep yourself safe and make sure you are eligible to hit the road because most medications will ban you from driving.

There are other allergies that are common in the summer season, which cause problems to you or the passengers while driving. Make sure you follow the NHS updates on all seasonal allergies that can put you in any risk here.

Stay Hydrated

As we all know, water is crucial during summer. Now you may think it’s not easy to be dehydrated while driving as while you are playing sports, but this is not true. With the normal loss of water inside our bodies while breathing, it can be very easy to become dehydrated in the car without recognizing. When driving a particularly long trip it is best to make sure you stay hydrated.

COVID-19

While it looks like it could be a post-pandemic life soon, you should still maintain your distance during summer in crowded indoor areas. If you are driving to an indoor summer event, make sure you follow the latest government guidelines here.

How to Stay Safe at Large Events

Most legal restrictions are currently being lifted around the world and therefore large gatherings and planned in-person events are expected to now go ahead. Although it is exciting to be able to participate in events we’ve missed last year with people from various households again, several safety factors are crucial to keep in mind. Safety factors are not only attached to covid-19 risks, but also to a personal risk as people may have forgotten important safety measures after a year of virtual events. The following are some tips to help you stay safe when you are preparing for a fun event.

Pack to Protect

Nothing is more frustrating than having a great time at an event or festival only to discover that your bag has been slit open or your phone has vanished from your pocket. Whether you have experienced this before or just someone you know has, we have all been there, and there is no doubt the feeling is unmistakable. So, it’s always best to have the following security tips in mind.

  • Consider security when you pack valuable items for event usage. Don’t list valuables on box labels or purposely mislabel them.
  • Don’t put your phone and wallet in an easily zipped pocket, for example in your front pocket as it decreases the chance of someone grabbing your phone and wallet with your knowledge.
  • You can consider getting a traveller’s wallet or a runner’s belt. These items will help in keeping your cash, identification, and even your phone near to your body and in a hard-to-reach location.

Car Park Security

Coming back to your parked car to discover your windows smashed or your campsite wrecked while you were at the festival could be even worse and is also experienced by many people during events. The Times has reported that vehicle thefts increased by more than 50% in 2020, which is the highest level of stolen cars, vans, and motorcycles in four years.

Therefore, make sure you never leave any valuables in your car that can be seen, and store anything out of sight in your boot or elsewhere in the car. Stolen wheels are worth a lot of money, either as parts or as trash. Your vehicle’s wheels are less likely to be stolen if you use locking wheel nuts. Most importantly, and worryingly, breaking into a vehicle can take less than 30 seconds. Thieves will usually avoid parking in well-lit places or on busy streets since they are more likely to be observed, so park in busier areas during a large event.

Remain Alert

Recognizing a suspicious act ahead of time could not only help in avoiding a dangerous incident, whether for you or someone else. This is why remaining alert is important. Don’t get distracted while enjoying your time and forget about what and who can be surrounding you or your group of friends.

Let the Experts Help

Security for large events is a highly specialised profession with government-recognized credentials. A security breach can have very serious effects. If you have seen any suspicious person acting strangely, directly go and notify a security expert at the event or if there are any police officers. If something happens, remember, don’t panic, keep calm and go to someone who will help you. It’s a good idea to keep those security guards in your sights during the event.

Covid-19

Reduce any potential awkwardness

There is no doubt meeting new people will be essential in large events and communicating with new people out of your zone could happen. In general, there’s an overarching question hanging in the air: What should we do and how should we act around people now? If this is one of the causes of your newfound social awkwardness, read on for some advice on how to stay safe whilst dealing with the issues that can occur as a result of social distancing anxieties and concerns.

  • Make it a point to talk about social distancing, even if it’s uncomfortable.
  • If someone has a different point of view towards social distancing, offer to negotiate rather than reacting negatively.

Always follow the latest government guidelines which you can find here: https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus to have a fun yet safe event.